With a swag of ARIA awards, sold-out tours and international hit singles, the Gold Coast’s own Amy Shark has soared the popular music charts. She leapt to prominence with her 2016 single ‘Adore’, which was voted number 2 on the Triple J Hottest 100, and inspired a record label bidding war, which saw Shark signing with Sony Music. In 2017, Amy received Six ARIA nominations and won Breakthrough Artist and Best Pop Release. Her debut album Love Monster hit number one on the ARIA Album Chart in July 2018. At the 2018 ARIA Awards Shark took out Album of the Year, Best Female Artist and Best Pop Release.
Eliza & The Delusionals
With a sunny, jangly, guitar-based sound that just screams indie, Gold Coast, beach pop, Eliza and the Delusionals are making waves for all the right reasons. Formed in early 2015, a buzz has quickly built around attention-grabbing sets at Bluesfest and the Falls Festival, and tours with Luca Brasi, City Calm Down and Nothing but Thieves. Led by powerhouse frontwoman Eliza Kent, the band signed with Cooking Vinyl Australia and released their debut EP The Deeper End, to widespread acclaim.
Electro-pop artist Ella Fence has been winning hearts and minds with her feelgood dance anthems and breakthrough performances at Bleach the Gold Coast Festival, the Gold Coast Music Awards and Commonwealth Games Festival 2018. Her highly anticipated second EP was made possible with a $20,000 City of Gold Coast Activate music grant. With support slots alongside Kate Miller-Heidke, Regurgitator, Montaigne, Phil Jamieson, Jack River and Stonefield, Ella’s star is clearly on the rise.
Part of a distinct, psychedelic, surf pop movement, Peach Fur have catapulted from a Gold Coast high school start up to irresistible, festival favourites. Energetic live shows have cemented a strong fan base for high school pals Denny Hilder, Ben Crichton and Mikey Woodworth, and more recent recruit Liam Ward. Buzz-inducing support slots with Dune Rats, The Delta Riggs, The Belligerents, Lime Cordiale, Bootleg Rascal and The Beautiful Girls signal a career trajectory headed straight up.
Gold Coast born and bred, a surfer at heart, and an in-demand producer and musician, Paces blurs the lines between club and pop music with forward thinking dance music. His debut studio album Vacation, was released in 2016 to glowing reviews, and went on to win InTheMix’s prestigious ‘Breakthrough Artist of The Year’ award. Paces has produced tracks for the likes of Tkay Maidza, Safia, Kilter, Parachute Youth, YesYou and KUČKA.
The Gold Coast’s own international country rock star, Casey Barnes is on one almighty roll, with over seven million streams, 134,000 monthly listeners, multiple Golden Guitar and Gold Coast Music Award nominations and a number one single and album on the iTunes Country Charts. Casey has enjoyed hit songs in Europe, recorded and toured in America, and performed alongside international stars Mariah Carey, Lady Antebellum and Bryan Adams. Casey’s 2014 EP ‘Flesh & Bone’ was produced by Rick Price and mixed by Grammy Award-winner Jason Lehning.
M-Phazes (real name Mark Landon) was just a kid from the Gold Coast creating beats on his parents’ home stereo when his slick production instincts began to garner attention. Fast forward 20 years and he’s a platinum-selling, Grammy, APRA, Billboard and four-times ARIA Award-winning writer and producer best known for his production work with icons including Eminem, Madonna, Daniel Johns of Silverchair, Amy Shark and Illy. He was nominated for Producer of the Year at the 2017 APRA Music Awards and won the same category in 2018. A recording artist in his own right, M-Phazes released his own critically acclaimed album Good Gracious in 2010 which won the ARIA Award for Best Urban Album.
IVEY make sparkling indie-pop as shiny as the city from which they come and fused with the same sun-soaked warmth. Brothers Lachie and Matt McGuffie teamed up with neighbour Dante Martin, Riley Smith and vocalist Millie Perks to create a distinctive sound pairing bright sonics with melancholy ideas, demonstrated on singles ‘Talk Talk’, ’Bodies’, ‘Won’t Be’ and ‘Always’.
Bobby Alu delivers smooth harmonies, Pacific rhythms, and island grooves that draw on his Samoan roots. A former percussionist for Xavier Rudd, Bobby Alu signalled his arrival as a solo artist with an exploratory, self-titled debut that was a top 10 album on JJJ’s Roots’n’All show. His laidback vocals and deft ukulele strumming cast a spell over crowds from intimate gigs to major festivals. There’s a robust energy to Alu’s mastery of Samoan log drums and song writing that nods to world, roots and pop intelligence.
Ricki-Lee won Australia’s heart as an 18-year-old contestant on Australian Idol back in 2004, signing with Shock Records, and releasing her debut self-titled album. Since then she’s sold over one million records, been nominated for ARIA and Logie awards, released a string of top 10 singles, and delved into TV and radio. Ricki-Lee discovered her deep love of music as a child and, at 15, was asked by family friends to join their band and perform in gigs in local bars and clubs across the Gold Coast.